Frontex and the Rule of Law

The management of external borders is one of the most controversial policies of the EU. In a context where violence is at times systemic, the role of the EU’s dedicated border agency Frontex has dramatically increased over the years. Do its operations respect the paradigms of the rule of law? Are there effective systems in place to monitor the Agency and ensure its accountability? The recent resignation of the Executive Director, following the presentation of a yet undisclosed report by OLAF to the Management Board, raises a number of questions that this debate tries to tackle.